Plastics Recycling

Plastics Recycling

Photo of the International Humanitarian Team Plastics Recycling - Leo McLaughlin, Arthur Paquier, Micah Appel, Mark Taylor

The Team (from left to right):
Micah Appel, Leo McLaughlin, Arthur Paquier, Mark Taylor

Photo of a plastics recycling bike in action.

This bike machine was designed to shear PET plastic into ½” by ½” pieces. It is capable of shredding 100 lbs per day. The motivation behind this project was to create dignified jobs for people sorting through dumps all over the world. Selling shredded and cleaned plastic earns double the return of selling whole bottles to recycling facilities.

ME 491 Project Media

Final Report - Updated December 2015 (.pdf)